The Southend West MP pledged to help end rough sleeping and make sure everyone can have a home for good at a St Mungo’s event in Parliament on Tuesday 4th December.Guests, including St Mungo’s clients, parliamentarians and charity representatives, met in the House of Commons to discuss the government’s commitment to end rough sleeping, with Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government James Brokenshire MP and Shadow Housing Secretary John Healey MP attending.
Rough sleeping has increased by 169% across England since 2010. Recent figures revealed that 7,484 people were seen sleeping rough in London during 2017-18. MPs from across political parties pledged their support for St Mungo’s Home for Good campaign, which calls on the Government to take action to end rough sleeping for good. MPs heard about the charity’s new research report on ‘floating support’ services, which help vulnerable people, including those who have been sleeping rough, to hang onto their home and build a new life away from the streets. Despite the benefits, local authority funding for floating support has fallen by 18% in the past five years, according to St Mungo’s.
Through the Home for Good campaign, St Mungo’s is calling on the Government to commit to long-term funding for local authorities to deliver homelessness services. The campaign also calls for more social housing and improvements to make the private rented sector better suited to people who have slept rough. Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive of St Mungo’s, said: “Rough sleeping is dangerous and ruins lives. We are delighted that Sir David Amess MP has pledged to support our Home for Good campaign. Tackling homelessness is one of the major issues society faces over the coming years. If ministers are serious about meeting the Government’s commitment to end rough sleeping for good by 2027, then providing guaranteed, long-term funding for homelessness services is vital. Everyone who has slept rough should be able to get the accommodation and support they need to leave the streets behind for good. Our thanks to everyone who joined us at our annual Parliamentary event to help make sure that no-one is sleeping rough by 2027.”